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Abstract art is a kind of visual thinking with colour, shape, form and medium. Abstraction often involves a spontaneous and intuitive approach to artistic creation. However, it also requires aesthetic rational behind the creative expression - i.e. the artist has to select what is essential to create abstract art. The nature of abstract art is evocative rather than descriptive. It can stimulate our senses and inner feelings without story-telling.

19 artworks
March 14–47 (Still Life on Table)
© Angela Verren Taunt. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

March 14–47 (Still Life on Table) 1947

Ben Nicholson (1894–1982)

Oil on board

H 46.1 x W 52.1 cm

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

The Tempest
© the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images . Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

The Tempest 1959

Henry Inlander (1925–1983)

Oil on canvas

H 95.5 x W 95.4 cm

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Landscape on Gold and Pink
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Landscape on Gold and Pink

Peter Kinley (1926–1988)

Oil on canvas

H 45.6 x W 56 cm

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Blue Purpose
© trustees of Winifred Nicholson. Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Blue Purpose 1935

Winifred Nicholson (1893–1981)

Oil on canvas

H 65 x W 81.3 cm

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Composition with Blue and Black
© estate of William Scott 2021. Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Composition with Blue and Black 1959

William Scott (1913–1989)

Oil on canvas

H 101.5 x W 127 cm

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Meditation 1972

Barbara Hepworth (1903–1975)

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Landscape with Sea
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Landscape with Sea 1958

Trevor Bell (1930–2017)

Oil on canvas

H 199.4 x W 167.8 cm

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Black Bleeding
© the artist. Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Black Bleeding

Kenneth Dingwall (b.1938)

Acrylic on canvas

H 163.3 x W 209.6 cm

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Relief Eight 1980

Margaret Mellis (1914–2009)

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Rumbold Vertical Four: Green in Green with Blue and Red: September 1970
© the estate of Patrick Heron. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Rumbold Vertical Four: Green in Green with Blue and Red: September 1970 1970

Patrick Heron (1920–1999)

Oil on canvas

H 213.4 x W 122 cm

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Repetition, Violet/Grey 1995

Callum Innes (b.1962)

Oil on canvas

H 175 x W 165 cm

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Scottish Ballad
© Dedalus Foundation, Inc/VAGA, New York and DACS, London 2017. Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Scottish Ballad 1990

Robert Motherwell (1915–1991)

Acrylic & collage on canvas

H 91.5 x W 61 cm

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Head of a Young Girl
© the artist. Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Head of a Young Girl 1975

Stephen Buckley (b.1944)

Enamel over acrylic on canvas

H 208.2 x W 170.1 cm

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

To a Summer's Day
© courtesy the artist and Karsten Schubert, London. Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

To a Summer's Day 1980

Bridget Riley (b.1931)

Acrylic on linen

H 115.5 x W 251 cm

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Untitled
© by courtesy of the Barns-Graham Charitable Trust. Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Untitled 1950–1959

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912–2004)

Oil on canvas

H 55.3 x W 78.2 cm

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Green for Cathy
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Green for Cathy 1973

John Copnall (1928–2007)

Oil on canvas

H 294 x W 189 cm

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Open Harbour
© the artist. Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Open Harbour

Ian McKenzie Smith (b.1935)

Oil on canvas

H 102 x W 126.9 cm

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Landscape
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Landscape 1957

William Johnstone (1897–1981)

Oil on canvas

H 76.5 x W 63.6 cm

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Poissons d'or
© estate of Ceri Richards. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Poissons d'or 1963

Ceri Giraldus Richards (1903–1971)

Oil on canvas

H 128 x W 127.8 cm

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums